Morgan Brooke Wilder, Alexandria Iglesias, and Lily Bradford. {Photos by Daniuska Lambert}

By Sharon Aron Baron

Talented young performers from Parkland and Coral Springs took top honors at the 19th annual “Future Stars” youth performing arts competition hosted by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton.

More than 700 supporters gathered at Mizner Park Amphitheater on March 7 to watch 29 acts, including vocal and dance performances from middle and high school students across South Florida.

Winning first place in the high school vocal solo category was Morgan Brooke Wilder from Coral Springs. She shared the stage with Marni Gass and Julia Falcao, both from Boca Raton, who came in second and third place, respectively.

Meanwhile, Alexandria Iglesias from Parkland took first place in the middle school vocal solo category, followed by Lily Bradford from Coral Springs and Bella Nazzaro from Lake Worth.

In the high school dance solo category, Natalia Moody from Lake Worth emerged as the winner, with Gabrielle Kiminyo from Lake Worth and Ayanna Melvin from West Palm Beach runners up. Jolie Lavaux from Boca Raton won first place in the middle school dance solo category, with Sasha Altschul from Delray Beach and Alyssa Duesler from Boca Raton taking second and third place.

In the group dance category, That’s Dancing – Honey Dripper from Lake Worth claimed first place, followed by Precision Youth Ensemble – Sax from Royal Palm Beach and Oxbridge Academy – Bad Girls from West Palm Beach.

The Director’s Choice award went to Neenah Harripersaud, a middle school vocalist from Wellington. The judges for this year’s competition were Ann Anello, Danielle Jolie Dale-Hancock, Elise Feldman, Olivia Hollaus, Joanna Marie Kaye, and Dr. Stacie Lee Rossow.

The competition’s finale was a performance by the Hip Hop Kidz Dance Crews, who have been promoting their “No Drugs, No Violence, Just Dance” mission for the past 27 years.

The “Future Stars” competition aims to inspire and showcase the talents of young performers by providing them with an opportunity to perform in high-quality production. Many past winners have gone on to study at prestigious music and dance programs and pursue careers in the performing arts.

The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton and hosted by the city of Boca Raton. Masters of ceremony were Rotary members, Dr. Dennis Frisch and Monica Speer, while Julie Vianale, Bill Riddick, Chris Maners, and Bob Buruchian served as co-chairs.

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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